Zeiter Piano Competition Winners Announced
The 2012 Zeiter Piano Competition took place on January 14th in the Conservatory's Recital Hall. Fifteen high school pianists from California were invited to compete as finalists after an initial selection done by the jury of the competition: Professors Frank Wiens, Rex Cooper and Sonia Leong.
The winner of the competition and of a $1,000 prize was Brian Zeng from Sunnyvale, who impressed the jury with his performance of selections by Beethoven, Chopin, and Prokofiev. Second place and a $750 prize went to Katelyn Suzanne Vahala, from Pasadena, who performed music by Bach, Haydn, and Anton Arensky.
The winner of the third prize and $500 was Agata Sorotokin from San Jose, with selections by Bach, Chopin and Prokofiev.
Four additional finalists were selected by the jury to participate in the master classes that traditionally end the day of the competition: Matthew Harikian from Fresno, Corrina Chang from Livermore, Brian Vuong from San Diego, and Renny Ko from San Jose.
This year's competition was marked by very high standards of playing, making the job of the judges extremely difficult, and by an increasing participation of young pianists from Southern California. The Conservatory would like to thank Dr. Henry Zeiter and his wife Carol, music lovers and connoisseurs of the first rank, for their continuing sponsorship of this exciting event.